What to Do When Your Pet Goes Missing

Pacific Pet Hospital in Chula Vista Helps Owners Find Lost Pets

Panic, fear, helplessness. When you first realize your pet is missing it is a combination of all these feelings. One in four pets will go missing or become lost according to the ASPCA. The one major thing you have working for you to be reunited with your pet is identification tag/microchip and social media. The ASPCA says the best chances to find your pet is it has a collar with identification and a cellular number or a microchip which is inexpensive and can be implanted by your veterinarian.

What should I do?

First, contact the local animal shelters within a 60-mile radius and file a lost pet report. Visit the local shelters daily. Many shelters have very good websites and post new pets that have been impounded.
Social Media; you can post on many different sites that are concentrated in your area. You will be surprised at how many people will try to help you. Here is a list of the ones I felt were most helpful;

Reuniting with Your Pet

According to the Humane Society, 93% of dogs and 75% of cats reported lost were reunited safely to their homes. Most because of collars with current information, microchips and owners actively looking for them. The good news is that the odds are in your favor of finding your pet with the new groups that will help you.
Good advice from the Veterinarian Community is to get your pet microchipped. It cannot fall off or be unreadable if your pet gets lost. You can call us today at 619-586-5237 to schedule an appointment fo your pet to be microchipped!

Dr. Ken Upton